Higher Education Scholarship Palestine (HESPAL)

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.

The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.

How many Higher Education scholarships (HESPAL) are there available for Palestinians?

17  Masters and 10 PhD's  Scholarships scholarships are awarded to Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza.

How and when can I apply? 

Please read the guidance notes for applicants and submit the application form and supporting documents mentioned in the sections below.

Application dates will be announced to your university coordinator.

Available HESPAL Scholarships

  • ·         University of Westminster Scholarship

Find out all you need about Westminster Masters and Research level scholarships through the below links:

Masters level

Research level

The deadline to apply is 3 May 2016.

  • ·         Newman University Scholarship

Newman University offers scholarships which covers three topics:

-MA Education

-MA Youth & Community Work

-Master of Business Administration

Details of programmes can be found here

The deadline to apply is 3 May 2016.

  • ·         Birmingham City University Scholarship

Find out all you need about Birmingham City University Scholarship through this link

The deadline to apply is 6 May 2016.

  • ·         St. Mary’s University Scholarship

Download the below file named “St. Mary’s University Scholarship” to find out more about this scholarship.

The deadline to apply is 3 May 2016.

  • ·         University of Warwick Scholarship

You can apply to this scholarship directly through this online application.

The deadline to apply is 3 May 2016. 

What are the areas of study?

Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. 


What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers the following:

  • tuition fees
  • pre-departure briefing from the British Council
  • arrival allowances
  • thesis allowances
  • a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.

Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.

What documents are required to submit with the application?

Applicants must provide the following supporting documents to British Council Palestine within given deadlines:

  • completed three copies of HESPAL application form (including details of 2 academic referees)
  • certified Proof of Palestinian nationality and Palestinian Territories residency
  • nomination letter from Palestinian university
  • proof of employment at university
  • proof of academic / work record – i.e. Transcript translated into English including grades for each year of study of bachelor’s degree and certified copies of masters degree and degree certificates;
  • IELTS certificate 6.5 and above
  • signed contract between scholar and their university declaring that they will return to Palestine to their university on completion of masters degree after 12 months
  • signed release form from scholar permitting the UK HEI to provide British Council and scholar’s home institution with reports from their academic advisor.

What are the candidates' conditions of eligibility?

  • Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
  • Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities listed below.
  • Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university (see footnotes) with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
  • No age limits for applicants.
  • Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
  • Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

    To apply for the scheme each applicant should contact the University coordinator in the list below.

Contact details of university coordinators

An Najah University Dr. Rasha Khayyat scholarships.coordinator@najah.edu
Palestine Technical University - Kadoorie Dr. Hesham Sawafta hsawaftah@gmail.com
Bethlehem University Mr. Mahdi Kleibo mkleibo@bethlehem.edu
Palestine Ahliya University Mr. Jiries Abu Ghannam jghannam@paluniv.edu.ps
Al Quds University Dr. Hanna Abdel Nour habdalnour@eng.alquds.edu
Al Quds Open University

Ms. Lina Abuhilal                                

Arab American University Dr. Mufid Qassoum mufid.qassoum@aauj.edu 
Polytechnic University Dr. Mustafa Abu Safa vp-academic@ppu.edu
Hebron University Mr. Naim Daour naimd@hebron.edu
Birzeit University             Mr. Mazen Hamed mhamedl@birzeit.edu 
Al Aqsa University-Gaza Dr. Ashour          


Al Azhar University – Gaza Dr. Awni Abu Saman a.saman@alazhar.edu.ps 
Islamic University Gaza   Mr. Hussam Ayesh  ex-scholarship@iugaza.edu.ps 
University Of Palestine Mr. Yousif Alagha   yalagha@gmail.com

University College of Applied Science                 

Dr. Hani Qusa  hqusa@ucas.edu.ps